BREAKING! Delta to Expand Elite Medallion Choice Benefits for 2018 with AMEX tie-in!

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My info on Delta.com for my Sky Club choices

Since after 1 FEB I will be Diamond for the 2018 year I started thinking about what choices for my Delta “Choice Benefits” I would make. The one that is not in question is the single most valuable thing Delta offers – that is, Global Upgrade certs. But then the second choice can be much less clear cut. One thing I was thinking about was upgrading my Sky Club membership to Executive or full. But something strange is happening with the dates.

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Strange – No Sky Club card!

And, when I look at my membership card on Delta.com it just shows that I am a Delta Reserve card holder both Current and Upcomming (that gets me in but not needed since Delta gifts me Individual membership as a Diamond). So what is going on here?

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Yep, member since 1999!

Well, with a HT to @RenesPoints twitter follower @DeltaSegmentFlyer and a boatload of information from the Delta Diamond Medallion phone reps, I have learned that for the 2018 Medallion year:

  • Diamonds will get 3 Choices to make (vs. 2 now)
  • Diamonds will no longer automatically get Individual Membership
  • Diamonds will be able to choose Individual membership as a Choice
  • Diamonds w/ Delta AMEX Reserve card can upgrade to Executive membership as a Choice

This is what I have been told so far and I have reached out to the Delta PR team for more information about what other perks may be on the way as well as any improvements for Platinum Medallions (rumor is they will get 2 choices but not confirmed) as well as if Delta plans to include Gold Medallions with any kind of choice.

I look forward to the official Delta news blast about these changes and at first glance all seem like real “enhancements” vs. cuts. Some of these have been real issues with the program and anything that will make holding the Delta AMEX Reserve card even MORE valuable is amazing and a great reason for me to keep holding the card year after year and for more than just earning bonus MQMs.

What do you think of this news so far? – René